Saturday Business Spotlight featuring Renee Forred, CD/(DONA)

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WELCOME TO SATURDAY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT, WHERE WE FEATURE A DIFFERENT BUSINESS EVERY SATURDAY!

This week we are featuring
Renee Forred of Bloom Births

How long have you been in business?

Since May 2016

What is your business all about?

Birth Doula (physical and emotional support during pregnancy, labor, and birth) and HypnoBirthing Education. I also have an Etsy Shop where I sell birth-y goods and gifts.

What makes your business unique?

My doula partner, Heidi Kolbeck-Urlacher of Belly Luna Birth Services, and I are the only partnership in the area. This provides an exceptional opportunity to our clients to access two doulas with nearly a decade of combined experience and multiple certifications. Our clients also know that the doula who will be at their birth is one with whom they have established a personal relationship.

What made you start your business?

I chose to start my business after three, transformative birth experiences of my own. I was saddened to hear women say they experienced births where they felt a lack of control and support, or that they feared the experience. Birth is an incredibly sacred time, and it deserves to be celebrated.

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?

Organization, insight, and the wisdom to say "no"

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business?

1. Always speak and work from the heart and with pure intention.

2. Don't be afraid to become an expert in things you may have never imagined you would need to figure out to run a successful business.

3. Stop doing so many things. You don't need to "hustle" in a million different directions (or at all). You need focused effort coasting in one direction.

Who has been your greatest inspiration? Or what book has inspired you the most? Or what is your favorite book?

My doula partner, Heidi Kolbeck-Urlacher, has been a mentor to me, and it's an incredible honor to pursue our goals together.

How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many?

I ask myself what I would tell a friend who experiencing the same doubts, and I take my own advice. We tend to be so unkind in our own heads, but when we use the thoughts we would direct outward, we learn to give ourselves more grace.

Thank you, Renee, for letting us share a bit about you!  


If you’d like to reach out to Renee, here is Renee’s Contact Information.

Renee Forred, CD/(DONA)

Bloom Births, Sioux Falls, SD

Website: www.bloombirths.com

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Saturday Business Spotlight featuring Shannon Ward

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WELCOME TO SATURDAY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT, WHERE WE FEATURE A DIFFERENT BUSINESS EVERY SATURDAY!

This week we are featuring
Shannon Ward of Thrive After Birth

How long have you been in business?

2 years

What is your business all about? (services, products, etc)

I offer postpartum support as a postpartum doula, New Parent Educator, and with products that support a healthy postpartum recovery.

What makes your business unique?

I focus on helping parents to be confident in their roles as parents, I never take over care of their children, instead I model newborn care techniques and empower them with evidence based unbiased information.

What made you start your business?

I have a servants heart and saw a disparity in how we care for family's postpartum.

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?

The ability to actively listen, a strong network, and a heart for others.

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business?

Don't listen to the nay sayers, do you!, Surround yourself with people who are constantly improving themselves!, The customer isn't always right, but treating them well makes all the difference!

Who has been your greatest inspiration? Or what book has inspired you the most? Or what is your favorite book?

Brene Brown has been a greatest inspiration to me!

How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many?

I surround myself with people who constantly are lifting me up and pushing me forward. When I am in doubt they are the first ones to tell me, "you've got this girl!"

Thank you, Shannon, for letting us share a bit about you!  


If you’d like to reach out to Shannon, here is Shannon’s Contact Information.

Thrive After Birth, Sioux Falls and surrounding areas

www.thriveafterbirth.com

Saturday Business Spotlight featuring Kaley Dykstra

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WELCOME TO SATURDAY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT, WHERE WE FEATURE A DIFFERENT BUSINESS EVERY SATURDAY!

This week we are featuring
Kaley Dykstra of KaleyLoveD Photography

How long have you been in business?

4 years

What is your business all about? (services, products, etc)

Birth Photography, wedding photography, and family sessions! I also love to create short films for special projects. My business is all about highlighting love and life.

What makes your business unique?

My business is unique because Birth Photography isn't quite a normal subject of conversation here in Sioux Falls.... Yet!

What made you start your business?

The desire to empower women and families in an intimate moment. I've always wanted to be a photographer but knew I needed to find a unique niche. With the birth of my first baby came the true desire to have these fleeting moments documented.

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?

Motivation, multitasking, ability to communicate well.

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business?

Do it. If you have a heart to fill a need, you're probably the perfect person. There's never a "perfect" time to start, so why not now?

Who has been your greatest inspiration? Or what book has inspired you the most? Or what is your favorite book?

The birth and photography community here in town. After every conversation I'm always excited for what's to come! Or the book has inspired you to the most? Or what is your favorite book? Lysa Terkeurst. Has really inspired me to not be afraid. God gave me a desire to capture images full of power and strength for women. I have nothing to fear as I take steps to fully develop my business.

How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many?

It's inevitable. It's almost constant and seasons come with different obstacles. If I can get back to my "why" and keep reminding myself that this is a good thing, then I can find the motivation to move forward.

Thank you, Kaley, for letting us share a bit about you!  


If you’d like to reach out to Kaley, here is Kaley’s Contact Information.
KaleyLoveD Photography/ Sioux Falls

Website: www.kaley-loved.com

Saturday Business Spotlight featuring Stephanie Ouellette

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WELCOME TO SATURDAY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT, WHERE WE FEATURE A DIFFERENT BUSINESS EVERY SATURDAY!


This week we are featuring
Stephanie Ouellette of
Heartspace University

How long have you been in business?

Over 10 years hiding in the shadows, less than one year standing in the light :)

What is your business all about?

I work one on one with people to help them heal from current pain (emotional, physical, etc), childhood trauma, and inherited family trauma. Many times people are simply stuck and not sure what the problem is. I am able to connect the dots within a few minutes so we can get right to the heart of the issue and fix it immediately.

What makes your business unique?

With clarifying conversations, guidance, evidence-based tools, and intelligent discussions, we tap into your complete healing and transformation. It’s a combination that’s unique… and profoundly effective. 

What made you start your business?

My own search for healing and then my desire to guide others to their own healing is why I do what I do.

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?

1) The willingness to do the work you came here to do (it’s scary) 2) Show up consistently for yourself and your people 3) Always be learning

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business?

1) Be clear on who your people are 2) Create quality products and/or services (over and over again) 3) Offer it to your people

Who has been your greatest inspiration? Or what book has inspired you the most? Or what is your favorite book?

Brene Brown, hands down. She teaches how to live from a place of courage and wholeheartedness. This is a hard thing to do because we might fall flat on our faces, or we might get our hearts broken, or any number of other painful things. It’s so important though because if you try to protect yourself from the hard things, you also close yourself off from the good things.

How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many?

I read or listen to an inspirational book or podcast OR I turn on some loud music and have a dance party for one. It helps get me out of that funk and back on track.

Thank you, Stephanie, for letting us share a bit about you!  

Company’s Name and Location: Heartspace University, Sioux Falls

Website: www.HeartspaceUniversity.com

Saturday Business Spotlight featuring Morgan Weber

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WELCOME TO SATURDAY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT, WHERE WE FEATURE A DIFFERENT BUSINESS EVERY SATURDAY!

This week we are featuring
Morgan Weber of Lucky Pup Adventures

How long have you been in business?

Since 2013

What is your business all about?

We provide peace of mind through professional pet care. We have three main areas of focus: pet sitting for when folks travel, dog walking and midday breaks for when they are working, and training to help make their lives more enjoyable with their pet.

What makes your business unique?

We provide professional, dedicated, and high-quality in-their-home pet care to families across the Sioux Empire. Our main focus is to care for the whole pet, which means we not only care for their physical needs, but we also really focus on providing enrichment to the pets in our care. This can take various forms with different types of pets, but the core component is that we tap into their natural instincts to help them have a more fulfilled day. For cats, playtime might include time for the cat to stalk a toy, "hunting" for food, or providing novel experiences for them to explore. For dogs we might go for a neighborhood walk, or do training to improve impulse control and family manners, participate in playtime activities that get their brain working, or we do a combination of physical and mental exercise. This whole-body approach to pet care really enhances a pet's day and gives them some excitement. It works well in all dogs, but it works particularly well in those high-energy dogs that are bouncing off the walls when their people come home. Our enrichment approach to midday visits helps calm those dogs by giving them an outlet for all their energy, which in turn makes everyone's lives more enjoyable

What made you start your business?

It started off as a way to live out our love for pets of all kinds and as a way to serve families while they were traveling. We knew what it was like to be traveling and always being preoccupied with what was going on at home, and we wanted out families to have peace of mind knowing all is well at home. As our knowledge and experience base grew, we expanded to add in dog walking and midday visits, as well as dog training.

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?

To be a pet care professional, you need to have flexibility, patience, personable, and have a heart to serve others. Like anyone who provides such a personal service, we really get to know our clients and are with them through a lot of life changes. We get to know both the pets and their people and look forward to being there when they need us most.

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business?

Get to know people, ask more questions than you answer, and be ready to go wherever the adventure leads you!

Who has been your greatest inspiration? Or what book has inspired you the most? Or what is your favorite book?

My greatest inspirations have been my own dogs. We have three dogs currently, lost one senior dog a few years ago, and have fostered around 11 others in the last three years. I am constantly learning from the dogs in my life. The key has only been to open my ears when they have something to say.

How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many?

I try to make progress, not perfection. There is a book called Finish by Jon Acuff and The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I try implement their teachings in my life and to keep making progress, even when quitting feels tempting.

Final note I started off my career in the architecture field. I went to architecture school and practiced for 6 years before my pet sitting business became my full time focus. Some of the most impactful things I studied was community and place, and how we could create those things through design. Along with that, architecture school taught me how to become a creative problem solver, often looking outside the box to see the problem we didn't originally anticipate needing to be solved. I use both of these in my everyday work as a pet care expert. 

Thank you, Morgan, for letting us share a bit about you!  


If you’d like to reach out to Morgan, here is Morgan’s Contact Information.
Lucky Pup Adventures - We serve the Sioux Falls, Brandon, Tea, and Harrisburg areas

Email: luckypupadventures@gmail.com 

Phone: 605-480-3057  

Website: luckypupadventures.com